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February 01
Selected by Libby from State College, Pennsylvania
Libby won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Behindlings
Behindlings
by Nicola Barker

Libby's comments:
"This is a good time to discover the quirky writing of Nicola Barker, if you haven't yet done so. Behindlings is her latest novel, and she was recently selected as one of Granta's top 20 British novelists under the age of 40." (read more)


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February 02
Selected by Stefanie from Washington, DC
Stefanie won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Shadow of the Sun
The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Stefanie's comments:
"This is an amazing work of nonfiction by a Polish journalist in the 1950s when many African nations were finally gaining independence from colonial rule. Kapucinski's account is without Western prejudice and tells the incredible story of the fight for an identity." (read more)

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February 03
Selected by John from Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
by Neal Stephenson

"[Stephenson is] the hottest science fiction writer in America....Snow Crash is without question the biggest SF novel of the 1990s. Neal's SF novel, The Diamond Age, promises more of the same. Together, they represent a new era in science fiction. People who plow through these mind-bogglers will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality." Details (read more)

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February 04
Selected by Thalea from Oaklyn, New Jersey
Thalea won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Not Even My Name
Not Even My Name
by Thea Halo

"[T]old with such vivid detail that every page sears the mind and the heart....Revealing and terrifying....a work of burning intensity, self-evidently powerful and true." Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni (read more)

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February 05
Selected by J.J. from Anchorage, Alaska
J.J. won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
A Woman of Independent Means
A Woman of Independent Means
by Elizabeth Fo Hailey

J.J.'s comments
"A truly amazing novel, written solely as letters that follow a strong woman through the different phases in her life. As significant a work about the many times in a woman's life as A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg, but told in a unique way." (read more)

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February 06
Selected by Marlene from McMinnville, ORUSA
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 2nd Edition
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information 2nd Edition
by Edward R. Tufte

Marlene's comments:
"How do illustrators come up with such innovative ways to measure information? If they're smart, they have a copy of this book on their shelf to inspire them." (read more)

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February 07
Selected by Christine from Dallas, Texas
Neverwhere
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman

Christine's comments:
"I don't generally read science fiction or graphic novels, so I didn't think Neil Gaiman would be my cup of tea. But Neverwhere is so intelligent and engrossing I couldn't put it down. Bet you can't either." (read more)

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February 08
Selected by Marta from Seattle, Washington
Marta won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Trick Is to Keep Breathing (Scottish Literature)
The Trick Is to Keep Breathing (Scottish Literature)
by Janice Galloway

Marta's comments:
"From the inside, her thoughts and reactions challenge some of the generally accepted beliefs about female depression. Until the end of the book and beyond, it is a struggle each day as she keeps on breathing. Maybe that is the only trick." (read more)

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February 09
Selected by Anne from Kensington, New Hampshire
Anne won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism
When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism
by Bill Maher

Anne's comments:
"My husband and I couldn't stop reading each other snippets of this book, when we were able to read, and not laughing or gasping for air. I don't agree with Maher 100% of the time, but he makes me laugh 100% of the time. Here he's not only deadly funny but also deadly accurate." (read more)

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February 10
Selected by Zach from Brunswick, Missouri
Zach won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller

"Below its hilarity, so wild that it hurts, Catch-22 is the strongest repudiation of our civilization, in fiction, to come out of World War II....To compare Catch-22 favorably with The Good Soldier Schweik would be an injustice, because this novel is not merely the best American novel to come out of World War II; it is the best American novel that has come out of anywhere in years." Nelson Algren, The Nation (read more)

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February 11
Selected by Naghma from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Naghma won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems
Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems
by Billy Collins

"Billy Collins writes lovely poems ? lovely in a way almost nobody's since Roethke's are. Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides." John Updike (read more)

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February 12
Selected by Rachel from Richmond, Virginia
Rachel won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Ordinary People
Ordinary People
by Judith Guest

Rachel's comments:
"Follow this family through their dissentagration. It is a wonderful, but powerful story. Even better than the movie." (read more)

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February 13
Selected by Eileen from Munich, Germany
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
by Chris Hedges

Eileen's comments:
"It's difficult to express how much I appreciated, was moved by, this excellent book. It would be impossible to overstate its importance at this particular, unsettling moment in history. (read more)

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February 14
Selected by Terry from Vancouver, Canada
Big If
Big If
by Mark Costello

"Costello has such confidence in the ragged realism of his story, and it pays off. Despite its relative brevity, it's full of subplots that lead everywhere -- fascinating riffs on real estate salesmen, abortion protesters, infidelity, the anxieties of the nouveau riche....a caustic, witty, and ultimately moving portrayal of a man caught in the crevice between greed and morality." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read more)

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February 15
Selected by Audrey from Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Audrey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
The Hipster Handbook
The Hipster Handbook
by Robert Lanham

Audrey's comments:
"Find out what kind of hipster you and your friends are. This amusing book reveals the mysteries behind clothing styles, grooming, and even hipster dialect. Very entertaining!" (read more)

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February 16
Selected by Jessica from Bothell, Washington
The Book of Atrix Wolfe
The Book of Atrix Wolfe
by Patricia A Mckillip

Jessica's comments:
"Patricia McKillip composes a beautiful story, lyric and complex, full of the allure of magic and fairies." (read more)

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February 17
Selected by Andy from Mountain View, California
The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition
The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition
by James Howard Kunstler

Andy's comments:
"Geographer and author James Kunstler's latest book, The City in Mind details what some major world cities have done very right and what others have done very wrong. An excellent follow-up to his previous works." (read more)

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February 18
Selected by Audrey from Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Audrey won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $60.
Ishmael
Ishmael
by Daniel Quinn

Audrey's comments:
"A greatly philosophical book full of life lessons. It changed my way of thinking." (read more)

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February 19
Selected by Rita from Eugene, Oregon
Rita won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Rita's comments:
"This wonderful book tells the tale of Ms. Huntley's time in Kosovo teaching English to a group of Albanians. It is not just a memoir of an extraordinary time in her life; it is a history lesson and a rumination on the collateral consequences of war, the capacity for human compassion, and the power of hope." (read more)

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February 20
Selected by Krista from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Krista won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride
by Margaret Atwood

"Moving amid these three women, touching up their portraits with one perfect detail after another, conjuring Zenia from their memories and tears, Atwood is in her glory. What a treasure she is, and what a fine new book she has written" Newsweek (read more)

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February 21
Selected by Jennifer from Elmira, United States
Word Work: Surviving and Thriving As a Writer
Word Work: Surviving and Thriving As a Writer
by Bruce Holland Rogers

Jennifer's comments:
"This book is a must for a novice or professional writer. Full of brilliant essays about writing, Word Work belongs on every writers shelf!" (read more)

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February 22
Selected by Alyssa from Naperville, Illinois
Alyssa won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $40.
Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys
by Michael Chabon

Alyssa's comments:
"Even better than the very good movie, this novel is full of beautifully drawn characters and dead-on humor, and the ending feels truer. And you just can't knock a book in which a dead boa constrictor named Grossman plays a pivotal role." (read more)

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February 23
Selected by Reggi from Longview, WA
Reggi won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Beautiful Child
Beautiful Child


"Reggi's comments:
"Here is a new book for Torey Hayden fans. She is such a compelling writer and teacher, I inhaled the book in three days. It is amazing how she can take a classroom of extra special needs and make every child succeed. I heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in special education or just in an exceptional good read!" (read more)


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February 24
Selected by Leah from St. Helens, Oregon
Leah won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Color Purple
The Color Purple


"Leah's comments:
A definite read-over-and-over-again novel. I don't read 75 percent of my books more than once, but my copy of The Color Purple is dog-eared and well loved!"" (read more)


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February 25
Selected by Patricia from Verdun, Quebec
Patricia won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
by Bruce Feiler

"Patricia's comments:
"I knew little about the Old Testament before I started to read this book due to the difficulty of sifting through a multitude of names and places in that section of the Bible. Mr. Feiler's book brings one Old Testament character alive. Abraham is presented in a very easy to read story." (read more)

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February 26
Selected by Gavin from Auckland, New Zealand
Gavin won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
by Anthony Burgess

"Gavin's comments:
"Some of Burgess's other books are serious, and some are grim, but this one about the last days of colonialism in Malaya is funny and satirical." (read more)

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February 27
Selected by Mary from Astoria, Oregon
Mary won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

"There has never been a book like this. Vividly evokes China's sights, sounds, and smells to create what must be one of the grimmest, yet most perceptive accounts of growing up middle-class in the maelstrom that has swept China since the 1920s." Los Angeles Times (read more)

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February 28
Selected by Janet from Bowling Green, Kentucky
Janet won a Powells.com gift certificate worth $20.
Good in Bed
Good in Bed
by Jennifer Weiner

Janet's comments:
"Don't be fooled by this title! There is a lot more to this story than bed talk. Issues of self worth that many of us face daily are addressed, and we are allowed to see the protagonist of the story struggle with her own personal demons in her own way." (read more)

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